Trihydro is tracking the impacts of coronavirus on the business and regulatory environment nationwide. Visit this page for updates and to learn more about how our team is responding to the various challenges.

TRIHYDRO COVID-19 RESPONSE

Dear Clients, Business Partners, Friends, and Family,

We are truly experiencing a unique situation that our communities, industry, nation and world have not experienced before. “Our Safety is My Responsibility” has been the central tenet of our safety culture at Trihydro Corporation. The purpose of this communication is to provide you with an update regarding the measures we have taken to protect the health of our employees and team members and reduce potential risks, while ensuring that we have a plan to continue to effectively operate and meet expectations of our clients.

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EPA Provides Interim Guidance on Field Work Decisions at Cleanup Sites During COVID-19

April 30, 2020

On April 10, the United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued interim guidance to its regional offices to assist with site field work decisions that may be required due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to protect the health and safety of the public, EPA employees, and cleanup partners.  While the guidance is intended to direct decisions at cleanup and emergency response sites under EPA authority, it could also be used to guide decisions at cleanup sites under state or local authority, as long as they don’t conflict with state or local guidance. 

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Using Connected Vehicle Technology to Help with the COVID-19 Response

April 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is having impacts on the personal and professional lives of Americans in a variety of ways. Those in the transportation world are faced with ensuring critical supplies such as food and medical equipment make it through our roadways to the destinations where they are in need. Road closures due to accidents or weather are disrupting these efforts, which are further complicated by restrictions stemming from lockdowns, curfews, and stay-at-home orders.

Communicating roadway conditions, state-specific restrictions, and updated information regarding COVID-19 hot spots to traveling commercial truck drivers carrying essential supplies is a challenge, but very necessary. Wyoming is spearheading a pilot effort that uses new “connected vehicle” technology to alert drivers of current hazards and conditions that could affect their routes and their safety.

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States’ Discretionary Environmental Enforcement During COVID-19

April 10, 2020

With a variety of current communications from EPA and state regulatory agencies, it can be hard to gain a clear understanding of state agency policy and their expectations of regulated entities during this time.  Due to disruption of normal work schedules there may be delays affecting regulatory review of compliance reporting, as well as the suspension of onsite inspection activities. With discretionary enforcement evolving, states expect regulated entities to be proactive by documenting and communicating any impacts to their operations due to COVID-19. 

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Using EPA’s Self-Disclosure Program as a Response to COVID-19

Apr 1, 2020

On March 26, 2020, the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance (OECA) published a temporary enforcement discretion policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The general conditions of the policy emphasize enforcement discretion and EPA encourages that entities make every effort to comply with their facility environmental compliance obligations. EPA further acknowledged that the policy is general and may not apply to all situations and stated that “the EPA’s self-disclosure program remains available” as an option for companies that are faced with potential non-compliance. So, what is the EPA’s “self-disclosure policy” and how can companies use it?

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Coronavirus Roundup: How is EPA Addressing Enforcement for Permit Deadlines and Other Matters?

Mar 27, 2020

On March 26, 2020, the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance (OECA) published a temporary policy for noncompliance resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary policy will apply retroactively beginning on March 13, 2020. EPA will assess the continued need for and scope of this temporary policy on a regular basis and will update if modifications are necessary. Read EPA's full policy about COVID-19 implications here.

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View state executive orders relating to COVID-19 here. Questions? Contact us!

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